POPSUGAR Celebrity

20 Creative Spring Crafts For Sunny Days

Apr 12 2015 - 9:43am

It's springtime, and we have 20 ways for you to celebrate the season with your crafty tots. Come rain or shine, these projects will keep little hands (and minds) busy. From a button bouquet to a DIY [1] terrarium, check out some of the best craft ideas for kids in keeping with the spirit of Spring!

Button Embroidery Hoop Art

Embroidery hoop art is all the rage in nursery decorating. A simple project like this one would make a great handmade addition to your nursery decor [2].

Source: Freckled Nest [3]

Spring Break Memory Jars

Nobody likes to say goodbye to their vacation, but there's an easy way to extend the joy of the trip. Whether created on a rainy day during the trip or once you're home, these vacation memory jars [4] help little ones retain their favorite artifacts from their time away from home. Best of all, they can easily be transported to school for the obligatory "what did you do on Spring break?" discussion.

Check out more fun boredom-busting kids' crafts from our friends at Martha Stewart [5]!

Source: Photo by Annie Schlechter. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living [6]

Spring-Cleaning! Sort Through Old Toys and Plan a Garage Sale

Use the promise of an upcoming garage sale as motivation to get the kids to sort through their old toys. Have them propose prices for each of the items they're giving up, and discuss what you'll do with the (eventual) profits. You may want to consider making a donation to a charity of the kids' choice to make the project especially meaningful.

Source: Flickr user puuikibeach [7]

Pop-Up Card

When your tot is looking for a Mother's Day-appropriate craft (hint, hint), this floral pop-up card [8] may take some time, but its final effect will be appreciated long past the month of May.

Source: Martha Stewart [9]

Build Your Own Terrarium

A glass vessel, some sand, some dirt, and a few plants make a fun project that will last all year long. For simple, step-by-step instructions, click here [10].

Source: Madey Edlin [11]

Create a Time Capsule

Have kids include a letter to their future selves with information like their grade in school, Summer plans, their best friends' names, hobbies they enjoy, favorite movies, songs, and more. Also include a few mementos and photos. Be sure to seal the whole thing in an airtight container (a tennis ball can or Tupperware would work well), and wait until a sunny day to bury it in the backyard. Just remember to make a note of where it is and when you want to open it!

Source: Flickr user woodleywonderworks [12]

Button Bouquet

Break out your button stash and create a Spring-inspired bouquet that blooms all year long!

Source: American Crafts [13]

Make Fresh Fruit Pops

Take advantage of your local market's seasonal produce by whipping up a batch of fresh fruit ice pops [14].

Source: Matthew Klein [15]

Style Up Your Sunnies

Give plain sunglasses a seasonal update with sequins, seashells, or colorful paper using craft glue. This is a great craft for a rainy day, as it will give their sunglasses plenty of time to dry before striking a pose like their favorite movie star.

Source: Martha Stewart [16]

Button Branch

Re-create the look of the branches that are blossoming right outside of your windows with this clever button branch craft [17]. Have your little ones help out by sorting spare buttons by size and color. Older kiddos can also help glue and frame your masterpiece too!

Source: Meet the Dubiens [18]

Pretty Pots

Decoupaged flower pots [19] by Christine Chitnis cost just a few dollars each to make and are great for gifting when paired with a plant or seed packets.

Source: Christine Chitnis [20]

Make a Fingerprint Family Tree

Get inspired by the branches that are in bloom throughout your neighborhood. Use an ink pad and kiddie thumbs to create a fingerprint family tree [21]. It's a great way to teach your little ones about their family history.

Source: Leaves of Love [22]

Hanging Baby-Food-Jar Vases

Baby-food jars are the perfect size to display small flowers, like pansies, and this tutorial [23] shows how easy it is to convert the jars into mini vases. Step outside and pick some fresh petals to display in your jars.

Wondering what else to do with all of those leftover baby-food jars [24]? We've got 20 great ideas!

Source: Good Housekeeping [25]

Pretend Gardening For Tots

If the sun's shining, then your little ones can help out in the real garden. If not, don't fret — there's plenty of indoor gardening to be done as well! Dye rice in different colors and create an indoor sandbox of sorts for your kiddo to play with.

Source: Share & Remember [26]

Make No-Bake Granola Bars

Kids can help stir, measure, mix, and press these no-bake granola bars [27] into shape. Just pop the yummy, chewy bars — full of toasted oats, nuts, coconut, raisins, cinnamon, and molasses — into the fridge for a bit to let them set, and you'll be snacking healthfully in no time. They're the perfect treat to bring along on an afternoon outing to the park or a walk around the neighborhood.

Source: Kitchen Simplicity [28]

Paper Flower Wreath

Upcycle old greeting cards and wrapping paper by turning them into a Paper Flower Wreath with instructions from Hello! Lucky [29].

Source: Hello Lucky [30]

Have a Rock-Painting Party

Take a few minutes to gather some rocks, see if you have some paint and brushes on hand, and then you have everything you need for a rock-painting party [31]. Let your kids get creative by mixing colors, and give toddlers smaller brushes to work on fine motor skills!

Source: Sweet Happy Life [32]

Finger Paint

Get outside and get your little artistes good and messy with finger paint — no explanation required!

Source: Flickr user aarongilson [33]

Create an Indoor Herb Garden

While you probably want to mount the herbs with the help of another adult, your kids will love getting their hands dirty to help you plant herbs in mason jars [34]. It's a great way to add fresh flavors to your family dishes all year round!

Source: Not Just a Housewife [35]

Plastic Easter Egg Teacups

Looking for something to do with all of those leftover plastic Easter eggs? Designs by Sunghee took a creative approach to recycling — how sweet are these tiny teacups [36]?

Source: Creativity in Progress [37]

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